Joanne Maguire Wins International von Kármán Wings Award

October 5, 2010

Joanne M. Maguire (BS Electrical Engineering ‘75), executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC), is the first woman to be honored with the International von Kármán Wings Award, which has been given annually since 1985 to an aerospace pioneer by the California Institute of Technology’s Aerospace Historical Society. Past winners are men who shaped the global aerospace business. The award is named for Theodore von Kármán, a Hungarian-American aerospace pioneer and visionary strategic planner who, together with General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, forged modern Air Force research and development. Maguire received the award on September 2, 2010.

Under Maguire’s leadership, SSC, which has approximately 18,000 employees, provides a wide spectrum of advanced technology systems for national security, as well as civil and commercial customers. The company’s products include human space flight systems; remote sensing, navigation, meteorological, and communications satellites; strategic and missile defense systems; space observatories; and interplanetary spacecraft. Maguire joined Lockheed Martin in 2003 and assumed her current position in 2006. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Maguire had a productive career at TRW’s Space and Electronics sector (now part of Northrop Grumman).

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MSU, Maguire has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), is a graduate of the executive program in management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and completed the Harvard University program for senior executives in national and international security. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.